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For those of you still thinking of pursuing an academic career…

Rana compares the academic job market to Survivor. Survivor comes out looking like the more promising option: the odds of success are probably about the same, and while both can in theory lead to national fame and a million dollars, Survivor is over in less than two months and while physically challenging, probably has less […]

Words that should be banned from widespread usage (part 1 in an ongoing series)

After grading the better part of my students’ next-to-last round of essays, I think I can now safely say that if I never have to read the phrase "relate to," used as a synonym for "empathize with," "understand," or "identify with," again, I will die happy. And while I’m at it, I never again want […]